June 10, 2021 – Thursday
Joshua 1:9 NIV
9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
Joshua 1:9 NOG
9 I have commanded you, ‘Be strong and courageous! Don’t tremble or be terrified, because Yahweh your Elohim is with you wherever you go.’
This verse for some reason reminds me of Proverbs 28:1, a favorite of mine, The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion. For those curious about the Name of God Bible (NOG) let me refer you to this link for some basic information. However, the first thing to notice about this verse and those from verse two through verse nine are God speaking directly to Joshua.
The promise of success does not come without requirements though. Verses seven and eight show us that, Only be strong and very courageous, faithfully doing everything in the teachings that My servant Moses commanded you. Don’t turn away from them. Then you will succeed wherever you go. Never stop reciting these teachings. You must think about them night and day so that you will faithfully do everything written in them. Only then will you prosper and succeed. Joshua is to follow the teachings of Moses faithfully because Then you will succeed wherever you go. Not only that, but Joshua is to recite and think on the teachings of Moses day and night to help him remain faithful to them. If he does that, he will not only succeed but prosper as well.
If you were to read through verses two through nine you would find God repeating His words of encouragement and exhortation to Joshua. In doing so, Joshua is being reminded over and over he is not doing something on his own or his own desires. Instead, he is carrying out God’s work, God’s plan, and God’s promises for Israel. Perhaps this a good reminder for us whenever we are doing God’s work, carrying out His plans, that He gets all the credit for what happens. Like Joshua, we are raised up simply to carry out His plans and His works. We should always be honored to be used by God for His plans and His works and not become prideful or full of ourselves when He chooses to use us.
Bottom Line: Let us remain faithful and ready to humbly be used by God for His plans and His works. After all scripture tells us in Ephesians 2:10 (NOG), God has made us what we are. He has created us in Christ Yeshua to live lives filled with good works that He has prepared for us to do. How wonderful He chooses to honor us with His good works.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You that I know You through Your Son Jesus who is my Lord and Savior. Thank You for blessing me by using me for Your good works from time to time. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.